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IndieCade 2013: The International Festival of Independent Games

Artbound's editorial team has reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. After putting two articles up for a vote, the audience chose this article to be made into a short-format documentary.

Tunnels of strobe lights, laser mazes, and full-body virtual reality descend upon Los Angeles this month as IndieCade, the world's largest standalone independent games festival, kicks off its annual showcase of interactive art and design. Dubbed the "Sundance of videogames" by the L.A. Times, the juried festival attracts thousands of people every year to multiple venues in downtown Culver City. Think of IndieCade as an intervention for the commercial games industry. Southern Californiais fast becoming as important for gaming as it is for movies and TV. It's home to the world's biggest video games company (Activision Blizzard), the nation's largest game tradeshow (E3), and the makers of one of the world's most popular online games (Riot Games). IndieCade functions as a friendly wake up call that games are an art form too.

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100 Mules Walking The Los Angeles Aqueduct

"Artbound" travels with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio as they perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to reconnect Los Angeles to its water supply by walking the entire 240-mile route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a team of 100 hundred mules. The action marked the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which started bringing water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 1913.

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AgH2O: Silver and Water

Artbound's one-hour special looks at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. Silver mined from the Owens Valley was shipped to Rochester, New York, where it was used to make film. That film was then shipped back to Hollywood where films where made -- often shot on locations where the silver itself was from.

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How Sweet The Sound: Gospel In Los Angeles

Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late '60s and early '70s, a time defined by political movements across the country. Artists like James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin captured live recordings of the church experience of South Central and the voices and sentiment of the people coming together to give birth to a new gospel sound and the election of L.A.’ s first black mayor, Tom Bradley.

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The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.

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